Krista Merwede LMT
One of the most common questions one gets asked as a massage therapist is "Do your hands hurt when you give massage?"
The answer is surprising to many and offers a deep insight on the importance of heightening body awareness during repetitive movements.
Body Mechanics -Working with the Body
The short answer is no, the hands do not ache after a long day of doing massage. The reason behind this is a concept called body mechanics, or moving to body as a whole. Even though it is my hands that are facilitating the touch, both the pressure and the motion come from my legs, back and hips. I stand in a certain optimal stance, keep my back aligned with my arms and allow my gaze to relax on the horizon. This maintains my own structural integrity and allows the intensity of the pressure to originate in my core and not in the limb or digits themselves, therefore distributing the force more evenly throughout my body.
If I was just using my hands to massage they would not last on either a short-term or a long-term basis. By incorporating knowledge of how the body moves as a whole I am able to spend hours every day doing a task that would be detrimental to my structure if done incorrectly. This translates to many activities, both professional and recreational, that put strains on our bodies. If we are aware of our body mechanics it allows us to participate in physical activities with minimized structural impact.
Check Your Own Body Mechanics
Something to consider is how your own body mechanics could be improved, especially if you work at a desk. One of the many benefits to receiving massage therapy is that it will bring your attention to lines of tension within the body that connect areas of challenge and through this kinetic awareness it becomes easier to unravel old patterns and replace them with healthier ones.
Krista Merwede L.M.T., has been a holistic health professional and therapeutic massage therapist for over a decade and a Reiki Master since 2006. She customizes treatment protocols in support of the work being done with the doctors at National Integrated Health Associates and offers a myriad of massage therapy techniques (deep tissue, trigger point, craniosacral therapy, and more) to blend together an individualized approach for each patient.